• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Latvia

Sep 9, Mon 14:00-16:00
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The Republic of Latvia bought the building called the Palace of Eira in the 1930s but lost it when the Soviets occupied Latvia during the Second World War. After the re-establishment of Latvia’s independence, official relations between Latvia and Finland were re-established in 1991. Four years later, the building was officially handed back to Latvia to serve once again as the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia.

Evelina Ozola will participate in the Design Diplomacy discussion at the Latvian residence with curator, architect and designer Mika Savela.

Evelina Ozola is a Latvian architect, urbanist and writer. She has completed architecture studies in Riga and holds a master’s degree in urbanism from TU Delft in the Netherlands. In 2018, Evelina co-curated Together and Apart, the Latvian Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale. She has worked as an architect and urban designer at MADE arhitekti in Riga and SVESMI in Rotterdam, and in 2013 co-founded the collective Fine Young Urbanists. Next to design work, Evelina regularly contributes to online and printed publications, and since 2013 she has overseen FOLD, an online platform for creative industries in Latvia. She has worked as a lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and as Programme Director at Riga Technical University International Summer School. Evelina is currently working on the redesign of the Dailes Theatre public square in Riga.

Mika Savela is a curator, architect and designer. He graduated as architect from the Aalto University in Finland and has practiced professionally in urban design and architecture, as well as in more cross-disciplinary forms of design, editing, publishing and curating. His creative practice often balances between visual culture, architectural and urban concepts – the off-context, representation, and approaches between the historical and the modern, the fantastical and the ordinary. He also regularly writes about architecture, cities, design, cultural practices, criticism and various observations around them. He is a co-founder of Selim Projects, a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects, together with architect Henrik Drufva.

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Get to know the Design Diplomacy speakers’ works at the Design Diplomacy exhibition at Erottaja 2.

The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.


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